New London Fire's album, Happiness Through Radios And Wires,
is a mix of retro style pop and indie rock music that delivers a plethora
of nostalgic tunes that will certainly get your body swaying. With
a funky bass line, dancey beat and melodic vocals, the first song
of the album, "Long Shot," instantly brings the listener
back to an era most of us are only familiar with through The Wonder
Years. Vocal harmonies and doowop-diddy's abound as New London
Fire delivers a solid batch of songs that make me want to don a poodle
skirt and do the twist at the nearest hipster sock hop.
Most of the tracks follow a similar retro style and although I couldn't
think of many bands to compare NLF to, I immediately thought of British
girl group The Pipettes. Tracks "I Ran To Hide" and
"My Dear" stand out for both having a somber tone and more
modern acoustic guitar arrangements. My favorites, however, include
"Long Shot" and "Lonely" with their excellent
execution of the dreamy late '50s slow dance ballads. NLF does a superb
job of recreating the retro style, which is why I think the more modern
sounding songs are the weakest on the album.
All in all, Happiness... is a very solid set of songs. There
aren't a lot of well-known bands out there with this kind of sound,
so there is plenty of room for New London Fire. They should stick
to what they do best; recreating the melodies of yesteryear for the
enjoyment of anyone who just wants to kick off their shoes and shimmy.
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